Over at GospelFutures, Neil WIlliams has a post that asks the question “What Good is Christianity?”
His point is basically this: Christianity is in trouble. Why? (1) The intellectual challenges are serious and are too often not answered credibly, and (2) the church has a long track record of winding up in the wrong side of moral issues.
I my experience, what Neil puts his finger on here has been a common lament of younger Christians, or former-Christians, raised in fairly traditional Christians homes but where the system of faith delivered to them no longer has explanatory power in the world they inhabit. New paradigms are needed.
I strongly support Williams’s efforts to bring to the surface these sorts of issues and deal with them honestly. Gatekeepers will likely not be happy, but then again, are they ever?
Williams blogs as GospelFutures, has a D.Th.form the University of South Africa, and is the author of The Maleness of Jesus: Is It Good News for Women?). His new book project, Chasing the Wind: The Quest for Relational Transformation, addresses the concerns raised above.